Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We're Not as Mad as Kiwis. but Road Rage Is at a High

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

We're Not as Mad as Kiwis. but Road Rage Is at a High

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Byline: Nathan Woulfe nathan.woulfe@scnews.com.au

YOU'VE just paid $84 to fill the Corolla and are ruing the latest five-figure losses in your superannuation.

Then some clown in front of you decides to drive at 55kmh in a 60 zone.

If you're like 60% of drivers, you'll drop the window, uncage the bird and offer choice words that would make a sailor blush.

Figures released yesterday by insurance company AAMI suggest Australian drivers' behaviour is at its all-time worst, with acts of on-road revenge becoming disturbingly common.

While that is perhaps a good thing for a mob like AAMI, it is more than a little troubling for the well behaved motorists among us.

Like a bad version of Family Feud, the survey says 83% of drivers have been on the receiving end of a rude hand gesture, with only 57% admitting to returning fire.

One in 10 have had their car wilfully damaged, and 14% claim to have been deliberately forced off the road.

In a dangerous trend, the number of drivers who thought a suitable response to road rage was tailgating has quadrupled since AAMI's first study in 1997, rising from five to 20%. …

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